After the Los Angeles Kings celebrated their victory Friday night at Honda Center, they lined up for the traditional handshake with the Anaheim Ducks and every Kings player, most of which watched and looked up to Teemu Selanne, congratulated him as the Kings 6-2 win marked his final game in the NHL.
With 1:52 left in the game and Selanne’s last shift the crowd rose to their feet in recognition of the legends finals minute.
After the traditional handshake Selanne skated over to the bench area barely holding his tears back, as the Kings made a classy and honorable move by standing in the same area and tapping their sticks for the 43-year old legend.
It was a unfitting final game for the legend, I knew it would either be a big party or a big disappointment, and it’s a big disappointment,” said Selanne following the loss.
The Kings honored the legend as well before the final regular season game at STAPLES Center.
Selanne has played 1,451 regular season games recording 1,457 points (684G- 773A), a plus-95 rating, 660 penalty minutes, 255 power play goals, 7 shorthanded goals, and 110 game winning goals. Selanne has played 129 post season contests, recording 88 points (44G-44A), a minus-15 rating, 62 penalty minutes, 19 power play goals, and 11 game winning goals.
Selanne has numerous Winter Olympics experiences under his belt with his home country of Finland, World Cup with Finland, and of course a Stanley Cup in 2007 with his team the Ducks.Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL